Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.
Engine and Drivetrain ProblemsLet's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at Fast Auto & Tire.
Vibration While DrivingThis issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.
Poor Braking PerformanceYour brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at Fast Auto & Tire.
Have always done a great job taking care of both of my Hondas ('04 Pilot, '09 Accord), and more reasonably priced than the dealership.
The best! I highly recommend. Did a really good job and great customer service!
You won't find a better place around northwest AR. This is a small family-owned local business that has ties in the community and provides honest fast service. Support local business. See Chris and his staff they will treat you right!
Their prices are always fair and get it done, quick and right the first time! I highly recommend Fast Auto & Tire for all your automotive needs! If the local Law Enforcement Agencies use them, then why wouldn't you?
Smaller shop but locally owned. Great people. Chris the owner is super knowledgable about auto repair. They do super great custom work and can build pretty much anything. Always honest & fair. I highly recommend.
Quality work from some awesome mechanics!
Friendly staff- always willing to help me find the most affordable solution for my car.
Very fast and friendly same day service at a great price! I will continue to go back and would recommend anyone looking for great service to check them out!
...I decided to take my Jeep to these guys and give them a shot...They easily could've taken advantage of me, but these guys made sure to check my Jeep top to bottom. I had noticed that my AC wasn't blowing as hard as it should, but didn't think to mention it. Chris called to say that they had found an issue with it and could repair it. I'm very happy with the service I received, and they will be getting all of my business from now on.
I can always count on them for great quality service. They are honest and are not out to make you spend a fortune. They are willing to work with you and provide the best service. I recommend them to anyone who is having car trouble! One of my favorite local businesses!!!
We (my daughter and I) have been bringing our cars to Fast Auto for service and tires for a few years now. We have never been disappointed with any of their service and as a matter of fact I have another car which I will take to them to do some work on it. I trust Fast Auto to take care of my cars needs.
Best place to get anything done with your vehicle. Couple of great guys who take pride in their work and do the job right. Highly recommend!
Most honest shop in town. Me and my husband have brought our cars in for years and always have had quality work! The owner is so personable and giving! Personally donated to the volunteer Stella fire department some equipment & every year participates in our auction to raise funds benefiting the fire department! Highly recommend! You won't regret it!